About STI



To create a sustainable, resilient, & vibrant community in the greater Sandpoint area.


To develop an energy descent action plan (EDAP) for the greater Sandpoint community. To work inclusively though out the community. To develop effective projects that supports the vision.


Please send all inquiries to: info@sandpointtransitioninitiative.org. Thank you.

The Cheerful Disclaimer!

Just in case you are under the impression that Transition is a process defined by people who have all the answers, you need to be aware of a key fact. We truly don’t know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale. What we are convinced of is this:

  • if we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late
  • if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little
  • but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.

Everything that you read on this site is the result of real work undertaken in the real world with community engagement at its heart. There’s not an ivory tower in sight, no professors in musty oak-paneled studies churning out erudite papers, no slavish adherence to a model carved in stone.

This site, just like the transition model, is brought to you by people who are actively engaged in transition in a community. People who are learning by doing – and learning all the time. People who understand that we can’t sit back and wait for someone else to do the work. People like you, perhaps…

Aiming for Transition

The Sandpoint Transition Initiative (STI) is a local group in the town of Sandpoint, Idaho, that aims to bring the community together, develop practical solutions and improve the quality of life for everyone.
The goal of this initiative is to rebuild local resilience, reduce carbon emissions and achieve independence from un-renewable energy and other resources.
Solutions will involve relocalization of our community’s needs. Together, these will form the backbone of a local Energy Descent Action and Sustainability Plan.
This timetabled roadmap will define the steps leading towards a life that has minimal reliance on fossil fuels and dramatically lowers carbon emissions and profits from the abundance of resources and capabilities within our communities.

Community Challenges

The two toughest challenges facing humankind at the start of the 21st century are climate change and peak oil. While the former is well documented and very visible in the media, there is a lot less public awareness around the issue of Peak Oil. And yet, the imminent decline of fossil fuel availability that Peak Oil refers to may well prevent the economic and social stability that is essential if we are to mitigate the threats posed by climate change. Transition Initiatives currently represent one of the most promising ways of engaging people and communities in strengthening themselves against the effects of these two monumental challenges. Furthermore, these relocalization efforts are designed to result in a life that is more fulfilling, socially connected and resilient.

Official Designation

On June 1st, 2008 the Sandpoint Transition Initiative, a local group that started in February 2008, received the official designation as a Transition Town from the Transition Network, UK. Sandpoint is the second town in the US after Boulder, CO to receive this designation. We have been focusing on letting the community know about this initiative and connecting to other groups and organizations.
Since the “unleashing” of the first Transition Town, in Totnes, UK, the concept has been spreading quickly in the UK and around the world. There are currently worldwide 75 officially designated transition initiatives and over 600 communities thinking about it. In order to become a transition town we had to fulfill a number of criteria that are designed to ensure the success of the initiative.

Think Global, Act Local

The Sandpoint Transition Initiative is based on the idea that if we plan and act now, using our ingenuity and cooperation, we can build together a more fulfilling and enriching future that is more connected and more gentle on the earth than our lifestyles today.

Our understanding is that every individual has something valuable to give and each person has a role in making our community what we really want it to be. STI is reaching out to “unleash” our community’s creativity, in cooperation with existing groups and initiatives, to explore the transition from oil dependency to relocalized economies. STI does not have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our community, we believe the solutions will emerge.

By thinking and acting together and designing systems based on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being, the transition to a more resilient way of living can become reality.

Now is the time for us to take stock and to start creating our future!

Current /  Ongoing Projects

  • Pedestrian Crossroads Flags
  • Sandpoint Community Garden
  • Friends of STI
  • Folk School
  • Local Energy Production Pilot
  • Heart Circle Pilot
  • Movies
  • EDAP kick off preparations and funding
  • Edible School Yards
  • Potluck for a Purpose
  • Working Groups
  • Core Circle

Completed Projects

  • Recycling at the Sandpoint Festival
  • Forming non-profit
  • 2010 Earth Day booth

Other Community Projects

  • Sandpoint Holistic Chamber of Commerce
  • Six Rivers Market (food co-op)

2 thoughts on “About STI

  1. E. Faulkner

    Why “think global, act local”? Why is poor grammar better? I can think a global thought, but if my thinking is itself global, than I am thinking globally. Make sense? Act locally, anyone?

  2. Dustin Daugherty

    Regardless of grammatical imperfections, the content above is correct. These daunting issues facing humanity need to be addressed from the bottom up (meaning locally), because clearly they are being thoroughly neglected from the top.


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